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Virtual learning and Zoom classes are in full swing. Check out our tips on the topic!

A Virtual Learning Handbook

September 27, 2020

All students are facing obstacles with the start of this new academic year. Learning virtually is new for everyone and  teachers and staff are always happy to help students in this new stage, but there are several things students themselves can do from home to get the most out of their virtual classes. Wake up early It may be tempting to wake up when class starts and join Zoom calls while you are still ha...

Freshman taking notes on a zoom call for math class.

Class of 2024 Begins High School Virtually

September 19, 2020

Starting high school virtually is just one task freshmen around the nation have proven to be just another bump in the road. High school can be a time full of fear and worry, and for the class of 2024, this next step in their life has come with both pros and cons. One of the many things students worry about when switching to a new school is finding their way around. Dunbar is a much larger buildi...

Teachers' First Day on NTI

Teachers’ First Day on NTI

September 10, 2020

Dunbar teachers are making online learning work.

Virtual Learning Creates New Challenges for Teachers

August 10, 2020

When the FCPS School Board announced plans to start the school year virtually, many Dunbar teachers said that they were already expecting the announcement.  “Since the numbers were going up so dramatically over the last month,” drama teacher Mrs. Alicia Henning said, “I was hoping that we would start the school year virtually in order to keep everyone safe.” Still, the decision to return...

Many links for students and families can be found on the PLD website.

It Just Won’t Be The Same

August 8, 2020

For many students, school is not just a place. School means safety, opportunity, food, friendship, and connection. It is not simply a building full of classrooms. Instead, it’s an atmosphere that encourages growth, not only in learning but in overall well-being.  On July 23, the Fayette County Public Schools board voted to start the 2020-21 school year with Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI), ...

Activists advocating for women's rights marched from Civic Center Plaza to the Embarcadero on January 18, 2020.

Sexist Slang: A Trend That Needs To Go

June 12, 2020

“Go back to the kitchen.” “Make me a sandwich.” “Stop acting like a girl.” Women are often subject to these comments, which imply that they are not good for anything except housekeeping. This has been a common trend for centuries, but a why hasn’t it ended? With more women in the workplace, especially in what were previously male-dominated fields, many people assume that ...

Many teens have become frontline essential workers during COVID-19 pandemic.

Teens Become Essential Workers

May 27, 2020

While millions of Americans have lost their jobs due to COVID-19, some have been shoved onto America’s front lines. This time, the front lines don’t indicate an armed conflict, but a war against this deadly virus. In this fight, 17-year-olds like us have become unlikely frontiersmen of the battle along with doctors, delivery drivers, and grocery store clerks. Two months ago, we were just teenagers...

How to turn quarantine time into quality time.

Making the Most of the Quarantine

May 27, 2020

There are things that really stink about the stay at home measures, but there are also things to try that might just help you make the most of the situation.

When it comes to what we are going to do for school next year, many things remain unclear.

What Happens Next?

May 27, 2020

On April 20, FCPS superintendent Manny Caulk announced that school would remain closed for the remainder of the school year. This announcement didn't exactly come as a surprise. The number of COVID-19 was rising in the county and the state, and it looked like social distancing measures weren’t going to ease up any time soon. Since schools were closed for the rest of the year and it didn't seem like...

Many students use online platforms such as Google Classroom to access work their teachers assign at home.

The Benefits and Drawbacks of NTI

April 25, 2020

Students and teachers are finding positives and negatives to the new style of teaching and learning. The most common benefit, according to students, is a more relaxed pace. “I like doing these online days because I can work leisurely at my own speed,” freshman Alex Ochsenbein said. Dunbar has kept the structured A and B-day schedule students and teachers are used to with the exception of...

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear has taken many steps to ensure the safety of Kentuckians in the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘Andy at 5’ Keeps Kentuckians Connected

April 6, 2020

Kentucky’s 63rd Governor, Andy Beshear, has been in the spotlight since the first coronavirus case in Kentucky was confirmed on March 6. Beshear has gained popularity through his nightly briefings at 5 p.m. to update the number of positive cases, how to stay safe and flatten the curve, relief opportunities for those who have lost their jobs or need assistance, and reassurance that everything wi...

Take an iBreak

Take an iBreak

March 30, 2020

I took a poll of fifty high school students, asking them how they typically spent their free time. The options were: getting on social media/watching tv, Netflix, etc, exercise/sports practice, and reading/arts (painting, drawing, coloring, etc). Of these options, 32 students chose the technological option, 11 chose the athletic option, and 7 chose reading/arts.  Senior Taylor Albrecht falls in...